German Synodal Way Approves Text Calling Homosexual Acts ‘Not Sinful’ and ‘Not Intrinsically Evil’


At the fourth Assembly of the German Synodal Way, a large majority of the bishops and laity present voted to approve a text that demands the Church change her teaching on homosexuality. 

Entitled “Magisterial reassessment of Homosexuality,” the document includes the following statement: “Same-sex sexuality – also realized in sexual acts – is thus not a sin that separates from God, and it is not to be judged as intrinsically evil.”

The fourth Assembly of the German Synodal Way was held from September 8-10, 2022, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Synodal Assembly consists of the 56 German bishops, 69 representatives of the lay organization “Central Committee of German Catholics,” and several other members of clergy and laity. For a text to be approved, a majority of the members of the Assembly, as well as a two-thirds majority of the bishops, is needed. 

Forty of the 56 German bishops (71%) voted in favor of the text that proposes a change to Church teaching on homosexuality. The document is meant to be submitted to Pope Francis and into the worldwide synodal process. 


I agree with the German Synod’s statement on homosexuality and homosexual acts.

But of course this is a direct challenge to the traditnal RCC teachings that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil and are grave sins.

It is a big step for an important national church like the German church to throw down this challenge to Rome, the Vatican and traditional theologians.

But eventually Rome had to eventually agree that the earth was round and not flat.

And it must now prepare to abandon its flat earth approach to human sexuality.

It must learn from the fields of science, medicine and psychology.

These disciplines are also gifts from God and contain well founded sources of wisdom and knowledge.

The Holy Spirit is at work through all knowledge.

The clash of views on human sexuality may very well prompt a schism in the RCC?

As someone said:

“Sex will be the Catholic Church’s 21st century Galileo”.

And strange that the country that produced the most recent conservative pope is now challenging conservative Catholic theology.



“God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts”.

What a true saying.

And Religious Nuts keep coming.



This is a crazy group of “Christian” mothers and their supporters who are chasing down masturbators”.



When I was a curate in Kilkeel in County Down, the housekeeper came into the kitchen and told me there was a very distressed woman at the door looking for me.

It was a parishioner I knew well – a lady in her 40s – a university graduate, an accomplished artist and a daily Mass attender.

She had a plastic bag with her.

Inside the bag were the sheets from her two sons beds.

The sheets, she said, were stained as her two sons were masturbators.

I politely refused to examine the sheets.

I also declined her invite to visit her home and lecture her sons on the Biblical sin of Onanism.

the Old Testament story of Onan (Genesis 38:8–10), Judah ordered his son Onan to sleep with Onan’s recently widowed sister-in-law, but Onan refused on the ground that “the descendants would not be his own, so whenever he had relations with his brother’s wife, he let [the seed] be lost on…

She was 100% convinced her two sons were bound for Hell.

She cried bitterly.

Sadly, she was one of those Irish Catholics who had been brought up in the 1930s and 1940s and told that the worst sins of all were sexual sins.

She believed that one act of unconfessed masturbation brought you to Hell for all eternity.

I had a long talk with her, recommended some reading, and tried to lead her to a more enlightened and relaxed view of the topic.

I don’t think she ever came to a “modern” view.

Not so long ago a Down and Connor priest – Fr Paddy Devlin – had a big part of his parish website devoted to Onanism.


He was offering young men help and support.

His headline went something like this:

Young men – if you are having a problem with masturbation don’t lose heart. Talk to me. A helping hand ✋️ is waiting”.🤣

I named Paddy – Belfast’s Apostle of Chastity.

Robert Nugent is also very worried about men masturbating.


Once, Woody Alan was asked if masturbation was a sin. He answered:

“Only if its not done properly”.